Are You Up-to-Date on Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Colorectal cancer is a stealthy disease. It can stay unnoticed in your colon or rectum. By the time you develop symptoms, it has grown and possibly spread, making it harder to treat. Screening can help spot this cancer early. But too many U.S. adults ages 50 and older are still skirting this lifesaving tool.
Fewer Americans Dying From Stroke
Over the last several decades, stroke has claimed fewer American lives. It has slid from third to fourth among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Experts credit several factors—many within your control—for its continued decline. Are you doing all you can to prevent a stroke?
The HPV Vaccine: Fact vs. Fiction
The latest statistics show that those who would benefit most from the HPV vaccine—adolescent girls and boys—aren’t necessarily taking advantage of its cancer-preventing potential.
Have You Been Screened for HIV?
HIV may seem like a distant health threat—something that affects other people, but not you. Yet, you should be tested at least once for this deadly virus, according to health experts.
Protect Your Family from These Invisible Killers
They creep into your home, seeping through cracks, drifting through drywall. Odorless, colorless, and tasteless, carbon monoxide and radon are two toxic gases that can seriously harm you — without your knowing it. Fortunately, you can protect yourself and your family from these invisible killers.
Multiple Chronic Conditions Plague More Americans
What might diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis have in common? You. According to a recent government study, more Americans are dealing with two or more chronic health conditions.
Hepatitis C: A Serious Risk for Baby Boomers
Hepatitis C has a knack for making headlines. Celebrities such as Steven Tyler, Pamela Anderson, and Natalie Cole have publically shared that they have the virus. Its latest reason for renown: Health experts are now recommending that all baby boomers be screened for the disease.
Too Few Adults Up-to-Date on Vaccines
Vaccines are small shots of big importance. They've helped knock down serious diseases, such as chickenpox, whooping cough, and measles. Unfortunately, a recent government report shows too few adults are rolling up their sleeves for the vaccines they need.
Stay Safe on the Water This Summer
The tug of the tow line, the rush of the water beneath you. If you've ever tried water tubing, you probably agree that it can certainly be fun. It can also be hazardous. A recent study has documented an alarming rise in the number of water-tubing injuries. Being smart about boating can help you stay safe while water tubing this summer.
Enjoying Nature May Give Your Brain a Break
We live in a hectic world. The constant demands of technology and life's many responsibilities can become overwhelming. Looking for a much-needed reprieve? Visit Mother Nature. Ongoing research suggests that the natural world may benefit your brain.
No Time for Exercise? An Active Lifestyle May Be the Solution
Life can certainly be hectic. So much so, that many of us can't seem to fit in exercise. As a result, we're missing out on some valuable health benefits, such as a stronger heart. Fortunately, recent research suggests simply moving more every day may be the solution.
4 Nutrients for a Healthy Colon
Mom's chicken soup, cheese tamales, bread pudding - we all have our favorite foods. Unfortunately, what we like to eat isn't always good for our bodies. Consider colorectal cancer. Certain risk factors for the disease, such as being older than age 50 or having a family history, you can't avoid. But you may be able to keep your colon healthy by eating better. Try adding these four nutrients to your favorites list.
Say 'No' to Foodborne Illness
You probably wouldn't consider a fresh spinach salad bad for your health. After all, spinach is packed with nutrients like fiber and potassium. But a recent government report found that such leafy green vegetables are the most common culprits of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. Don't toss out that salad just yet, though. You can do a lot to prevent food poisoning.
Folic Acid Supplements Don’t Affect Your Risk for Cancer
< Jan. 30, 2013 > -- Many of us get enough folic acid - a type of B vitamin - from the foods we eat. But some people may need to take a folic acid supplement. There has been some concern that such supplements may increase a person's risk for cancer. But the findings from a new research review found no such cancer connection.
More Children Missing Recommend Vaccines
< Jan. 23, 2013 > -- Vaccinations have helped stem and even stop the spread of serious childhood diseases, such as measles and polio. They continue to be one of the best tools parents have to keep their children healthy. Yet, a new study suggests that too few U.S. children younger than age 2 are receiving all the shots they need.
Depression May Raise Risk for Early Death in Stroke Survivors
< Jan. 16, 2013 > -- It's normal to feel a little blue from time to time. But when feelings of sadness take over, it may be depression, a serious mental health condition that can affect all aspects of a person's life . For people who have suffered a stroke, depression may be especially harmful. A new study suggests stroke survivors who develop depression may die sooner.
Better Communication with Doctor Improves Medication Use
< Jan. 09, 2013 > -- Medication works best when it's taken properly. But many of us sometimes have trouble doing so. Maybe you're unsure about taking a certain drug with another prescription. Or perhaps you don't know how long you should keep popping that pill. A recent study suggests part of the problem may be how well you and your doctor are communicating.
To Your Health! A Year-End List Worth Saving
< Jan. 02, 2013 > -- Need help deciding on a New Year's resolution? Below are six more health stories from the past year that may encourage you to make a healthy change.
To Your Health! A Year-End List Worth Saving
< Dec. 26, 2012 > -- Humans seem to love lists-the top 10 Caribbean beaches, the five best coffee shops in your neighborhood, the interminable weekend to-do list. Here's another one to pique your interest: Below are some of the most compelling health stories of the year. Perhaps they will inspire you to live healthier this coming year.
Stroke Risk Much Higher in African-Americans with Hypertension
< Dec. 19, 2012 > -- Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for serious health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. For African-Americans, the condition can be especially hard on the heart. A new study finds that uncontrolled high blood pressure may greatly increase this group's risk for stroke, particularly in those ages 45 to 64.
ADHD into Adulthood Raises Risk for Health Problems
< Dec. 12, 2012 > -- Trouble concentrating, constantly moving, often interrupting others-these are some of the common signs of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This condition may affect more than 7 percent of school-aged children. For those who suffer from ADHD into adulthood, a new study finds they may be at a higher risk for physical and mental health problems.
Shred Those Slopes Safely—with a Helmet
< Dec. 05, 2012 > -- If falling snow has you yearning for the slopes, don't forget to take your helmet. A new study confirms that wearing one while skiing or snowboarding is the best way to protect yourself from a serious head injury. Such simple safety equipment may even save your life.
Injuries Jump Along with Bounce House Popularity
< Nov. 28, 2012 > -- They range in design from castles to desert islands to birthday cakes, but the object of these inflatables is the same: Give kids a fun place to bounce. Researchers caution, though, that too often children end up injured.
Hearing Loss May Be Linked to Diabetes
< Nov. 21, 2012 > -- Diabetes is a disease that can affect your whole body. It raises your risk for conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness. A new research review supports the likelihood of another complication from the disease: hearing loss.
Fast Before Cholesterol Test? Study Says No
< Nov. 14, 2012 > -- The next time you need a routine blood test to check your cholesterol, you may not need to fast beforehand.
Lifetime Risk for Heart Disease Is High
< Nov. 07, 2012 > -- Even if you have no risk factors for cardiovascular disease, you may still be at increased risk for it, a new study says.
Autism Signs Not Apparent in First Year
< Oct. 31, 2012 > -- Infants who go on to develop autism by age 3 are remarkably similar to babies without autism in the first few months of life, a new study says.
AAP Issues Safety Guidelines for Cheerleading
< Oct. 24, 2012 > -- The number of injuries from cheerleading has increased steadily over the last 20 years, a trend that has prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics to urge that the activity be designated a sport.
HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Change Sexual Behavior, Study Says
< Oct. 17, 2012 > -- Getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn't encourage girls to become sexually active, a new study says.
Pick Up Your Walking Speed to Boost Your Health
< Oct. 10, 2012 > -- Which do you prefer - a casual stroll around the block or a vigorous walking workout? If you want to help prevent metabolic syndrome, often a precursor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, you should go with choice No. 2.
Insomnia Exacts a High Price on the Job
< Oct. 03, 2012 > -- If you struggle with insomnia, you may not nod off at your desk at work, but sleepiness on the job might lead you to make errors you would catch if you were fully rested.
Organic Food Offers No Advantage in Nutrition
< Sep. 05, 2012 > -- If you buy organic food because you think it's more nutritious, you might want to save your money. New research found no consistent differences in vitamin content or health benefits between organic and conventional foods.
Acupuncture Really Does Offer Pain Relief
< Sep. 12, 2012 > -- Although acupuncture is still not widely accepted among doctors in the U.S., a new analysis of previous research found that it does work to relieve chronic pain.
Pediatrics Group Confirms Benefits of Circumcision
< Aug. 29, 2012 > -- Circumcision can help prevent certain diseases and conditions, but parents should still be able to choose whether their infant boys should have the procedure.
Make Sure Your Kids’ Vaccinations Are Current
< Aug. 22, 2012 > -- With schools across the country about to reopen for the fall, one item to add to your back-to-school list is a check on your children's immunizations: Are they up-to-date?
Many Hospital Tests Ordered Don’t Get Read
< Aug. 15, 2012 > -- Doctors who order tests on patients who are about to be discharged from the hospital often fail to look at the results, either before or after the patient goes home, a new study says.
Exercise: Good Preventive ‘Medicine’ for Diabetes
< Aug. 08, 2012 > -- Exercise should be your mantra whether you have diabetes or want to prevent it.
HPV Test Better Predictor for Long-Term Cancer Risk
< Aug. 01, 2012 > -- The human papillomavirus (HPV) test may be better at helping women know their long-term risk for cervical cancer than the more traditional Pap test - but both tests are still important, new research says.
Hip, Knee Replacement Raises Heart Attack Risk
< Jul. 25, 2012 > -- Getting a new hip or knee is an increasingly common procedure in the U.S., but a new study warns that people who have these surgeries have a 30 times greater chance of a heart attack within two weeks afterward.
Sleep Habits May Affect Brain Function
< Jul. 18, 2012 > -- Too little or too much sleep may make your brain age more quickly, a new study says.
Groups Say Sweeteners OK for Dieters
< Jul. 11, 2012 > -- You now have the official go-ahead to pick a diet soda over a regular one, or add an artificial sweetener to your coffee.
Coffee Brews Up Skin Cancer Protection
< Jul. 04, 2012 > -- Keep slathering on the sunscreen this summer, but have a glass of iced coffee handy, as well. A new study says that caffeine may lower your risk for a certain type of skin cancer.
Panel Urges Obesity Screening for All Adults
< Jun. 27, 2012 > -- If your doctor takes time to figure out your body mass index (BMI) the next time you're in for an office visit, don't be surprised. This week, a national advisory panel issued new guidelines calling for across-the-board obesity screening for adults.
Good News, Bad News About Americans’ Health
< Jun. 20, 2012 > -- Fewer Americans are smoking, but plenty are still overweight or obese, according to the latest survey on the nation's health.
For Type 2 Diabetes, Fish Oil Offers No Heart Protection
< Jun. 13, 2012 > -- If you have type 2 diabetes and take fish oil supplements to prevent heart disease, they aren't providing much help, a new study says.
Few U.S. Moms Breastfeed as Planned
< Jun. 06, 2012 > -- Most pregnant women say they plan to breastfeed their baby, but when it comes to actually doing so, fewer than a third of them met their breastfeeding goal of three months or more.
Panel Confirms Risks of Hormone Therapy
< May. 30, 2012 > -- After looking at more than a decade's worth of studies on hormone therapy, an expert panel says that women shouldn't take estrogen or progestin to help prevent disease.
Panel Withdraws Support of Prostate Cancer Test
< May. 23, 2012 > -- A blood test that screens for prostate cancer got the cold shoulder this week from a national advisory panel.
Sleepwalking a Common Phenomenon in Adults
< May. 16, 2012 > -- Taking a late-night stroll is one thing - doing it while asleep is another thing entirely. Yet more people than researchers expected are affected by sleepwalking.
Longer Commutes Drive Up Health Risks
< May. 09, 2012 > -- How long is your daily commute? If you drive at least 10 miles to work, you may be putting yourself at risk for high blood pressure. More than 15 miles? Your risk for obesity increases.
On the Rise: More Babies Born Addicted to Painkillers
< May. 02, 2012 > -- The number of newborns addicted to opiate medications has tripled since 2000, a new study says.